PLATTSBURGH — Two Plattsburgh men were charged here Monday for their alleged involvement in a string of burglaries.

Ronald Black, 56, and Ethan Provost, 18, both received felony charges following an investigation into several incidents that took place in the three weeks preceding the arrests, City Police Chief Levi Ritter said.

Black and Provost allegedly stole clothing, electronics and jewelry, among other items, while property owners were not home, sometimes purposely damaging other property in the homes.

Black received two counts of second-degree burglary, a felony, while Provost got one count. They were both also charged with one count of fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

They were arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court on Tuesday before being sent to Clinton County Jail. Bail of $1,000 cash or $5,000 bond was set for Provost, while Black was held without bail.

Provost was released by the court Wednesday, according to the Clinton County Sheriff's Department.

The investigation was ongoing and additional charges were expected, City Police said.

“Their arrests led our officers to different investigative leads that must be explored,” Ritter added.



In August 2014, Black was charged with second-degree burglary.

City Police obtained a search warrant for his residence at the time and officers found items including DeWalt power tools, a side radio charger, a Bostitch air stapler, a cordless drill and a Makita saw that Black had allegedly stolen from a project site near his home.

Online state records show he did at least one stint in state prison for third-degree attempted burglary.


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